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Saturday, October 11, 2014


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 10, 2014—Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for trotters with valid working papers--were won by a inside-routing Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $12.80) and a down-the-road favorite Somebody AS (Dan Dube, $4.10).

ckaround Sue, in no early hurry from post position No. 5, waited her turn as last week’s victress, Coffee Addict (Dube), set early intervals of :27.2 and :56.4. Set Me Up (George Brennan), as the 2-1 favorite, was offering just mild, first-over grief in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton), meanwhile, going wide from second-up.

Coffee Addict owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane before “Sue” closed from fifth deep in the passing lane. She picked off the leader by a head in 1:54, while Robin Cruiser, Seafood Annie (Greg Merton) and Campanile (Tyler Buter) came away with the small change.

For fourth choice Rockaround Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners Bamond Racing and Silva Stables, it was her fourth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100, with the triple returning $408.

The week’s marquee trot was a three-speed number, with Fort Valley AS, New York Sire Stakes soph winner Gural Hanover (Brennan) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) departed 1-2-3 and finished that same way.
Somebody AS, from post No. 4, never had an anxious moment (:28.2, :57.4, 1:26.3,  1:54.2). Last week’s runner-up whipped the statebred champ by 3¾ lengths. It was “Lorenzo,” The Triple Lindy (Carlson) and Traverse Seelster (Buter) settling for the remainder.    

For “Somebody,” a 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, he’s now 5-for-18 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $17.60, the triple returned $120 and the superfecta paid $503

Saturday night features the sixth annual Fall Harvest Festival, trackside from 4-8 PM. Also, the Legislators’ Challenge—a trio of non-wagering events with New York State elected officials—beginning at 5:30 PM.

            The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.